AWS pushes out promised larger Elastic Block Store volumes

Amazon Web Services first announced the intended larger and faster cloud storage option last November.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

As promised, Amazon Web Services is finally pushing out larger and faster Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes.

The cloud giant first announced the upgrade for the block level storage volume tier during its annual developer conference re:Invent 2014 last November.

Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) is intended for use in conjunction with Amazon's Elastic Cloud (EC2) instances.

Last June, Amazon unveiled the new SSD-backed volume type for EBS, boasted to offer 99.999 percent availability. The General Purpose SSD was designed for productivity in small to medium-sized databases, in test and development environments as well as boot volumes.

Thus, customers can choose between three different EBS volume types: General Purpose SSD, Provisioned IOPS SSD, and Magnetic volumes.

As outlined in November, the General Purpose SSD option now supports volumes up to 16TB and up to 10,000 IOPS and 160MBps throughput. The high-performance Provisioned IOS SSDs supports up to 16TB volumes and 20,000 IOPS and 320MBPs.

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